One of the greatest fighters of all time has retired from mixed martial arts.
“King of Rio” Jose Aldo recently told the UFC about his plans to stop fighting. MMA Junkie confirmed the news from a source close to the situation following an initial report on Sunday from a Brazilian outlet. The battle. Aldo, 36, has fought one fight under a UFC contract at the time of his retirement.
In recent weeks, there have been rumors of retirement. Aldo mentioned this to his opponent Merab Dvalishvili after lost by unanimous decision in UFC 278 in August. This loss ended Aldo’s three-fight winning streak.
Aldo retires from MMA with a UFC record of 21-7 and one of the longest honors lists in the promotion’s history. He is a former two-time featherweight champion, former interim champion and former WEC champion. His seven UFC featherweight title defenses are the number one in history. He is also a six-time performance award winner.
Known for his signature kicks and “Run This Town” exits, as well as his legendary takedown defense and ability to evolve with new waves of talent, Aldo leaves the sport as one of the best. the most elite and respected fighters of his generation.
Born in Manaus, Brazil, Aldo began martial arts as a teenager, giving up his pursuit of a football career. At the age of 17, he fought his first MMA fight, which marked the beginning of a seven-fight winning streak. In 2005, Aldo lost for the first time. Another ten years passed before he reappeared in this column.
Three more wins gave Aldo a shot at the WEC. Five victories under the WEC banner brought him title shot against then-champion Mike Brown, whom he finished in the second round. He defended his title against Urijah Faber and Manny Gamburyan before the UFC merger in 2011.
Featherweight was a new weight class for the UFC, so Aldo became the title holder. From April 2011 to October 2015, Aldo successfully defended his title seven times against the likes of Chad Mendes, Chan Sung Jung and Frankie Edgar.
All of this led to the biggest fight of his career against rising superstar and nemesis Conor McGregor. After months of chatter and a bad booking, Aldo was knocked out in 13 seconds – and crowned a new champion.
Then Aldo won back-to-back fights against Jeremy Stevens and Renato Moicano, but a loss to Alexander Volkanovski caused fall to bantamweight.
August 20, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Jose Aldo (red gloves) takes on Merab Dvalishvili (blue gloves) during UFC 278 at the Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
There was a lot of buzz about his division debut against Marlon Moraes in December 2019. Aldo lost by a controversial split decision, but by no means looked out of place against the recent title challenger.
Despite two losses in as many matches, Aldo was given a title shot against Petr Yan after Henry Cejudo retired and vacated the title. Jan finished off Aldo with punches in round 4.
However, Aldo insisted. From December 2020 to December 2021, Aldo defeated Marlon Vera, Pedro Munoz and Rob Font in a row. This led to his loss at UFC 278 to Dvalishvili on 20 August.